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Seg. 1: Understanding Slang. Seg. 2: Women In Power.

Segment 1: An expert panel on slang today.

"Extra." "Mood." "We live in a society." "Fell off." Or, per one recent high-profile Twitter feud, "dog-walk" (verb, transitive). These are phrases you either get or you don't. But some of them aren't even new. We define them while also discussing where they come from, why we call them slang (and not just language) and how they spread to eventually become part of standard English. 

  • Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large, Merriam-Webster
  • Natasha El-Scari, poet
  • Gigi Wildman, Twitter-sourced youth, Overland Park native, user of slang
  • AY, Kansas City rapper and entrepreneur

Segment 2 (beginning at 40:55): The first woman in Missouri to become a journeyman lineworker tells her story.

Susan Blaser loves linework. She loves the comraderie and the pride she takes in having built something. And now, she runs a community college program helping younger women learn the tools of the trade.

  • Susan Blaser, lineman program coordinator, Metropolitan Community College
Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.